Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Eternal Destiny - Review

Eternal DestinyEternal Destiny by Tahlia Newland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 7th 2013 by Catapult Press

Intrepid traveler Ariel Malony and demon slayer Nick Walker face their deepest fears and their greatest challenge as they search for the Master Demon who holds the key to the future of mankind. Slay him and the world goes free; fail, and it falls irrevocably into violence and chaos.

Guided by a wisdom master of a mystical tradition that uses mind power as the basis of powerful magic, the assault party, including Kestril, the Magan Chiefs' son, Layla, the flying Noble One, and Twitchet, the talking cat, must travel from the ancient granite walls of the Hermitage, up the kilometer high Steps of Death, and through a labyrinth of shifting gorges to the Palace of Skulls where flesh-eating demons demand to be fed. Even if Nick wins his struggle with the scars of his past and defeats the green-eyed head of the Cogin clan, they still must cross the scree slope, where the bones of Ariel's father lie, and pass through the territory of vicious elementals to get to the ice caves beneath the summit where the Master Demon awaits.

The journey is extraordinary, the enemies are deadly and the ending is mind-blowing.

Such a great ending to an awesome story. I can't believe it's been a year since I was first introduced to the great series.

Once again we're given a pretty amazing story that is so easy to get swept up in. I had to fight myself not to read ahead to the next page.

All the characters are amazing and so loveable that I hated to see anything happen to them.
Ariel has been through so much since she started off in the first book on her quest to, initially, save her mother in a world she never even could have imagined. She isn't the same person we met so long ago, she has grown and learned so much since she started her journey and it especially shows in this one.

Relationships also grew throughout and there was a deeper understanding among all the characters. Along with the realization that there was a good chance that everything, and more importantly everyone, they cared for might not be there tomorrow.
I have to say that was once of my favorite things in this one; the "live this love now" attitude, they really didn't know what would happen but knew that they had to make the most of what they had while it was there. 

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